Canadian Pacific worker dies after accident in Metro Vancouver rail yard

Dec 3 2019, 2:34 pm

A Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive engineer has died after an accident in the company’s Port Coquitlam rail yard on Monday night.

According to a release from Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) — the trade union represents 16,000 rail workers in Canada — says the victim was a 56-year-old father with 32 years of service.

This is the 10th TCRC member to die on the job in the past two years.

The union says the circumstances causing the incident are unclear at this stage.

“Our hearts go out to the locomotive engineer’s family and everyone who worked with him,” said the president of the TCRC, Lyndon Isaak, in a release.

“The rail industry is in crisis. We have lost ten of our sisters and brothers over the past 24 months. It’s ten too many.”

The union adds that “safety was a central issue during the recent strike at CN Railway” and “the latest incident at CP further underscores the need for government and industry as a whole to work toward preventing senseless railway tragedies.”

Transport Canada is currently investigating the incident.